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User currently offlineMrSkyGuy From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 1214 posts, RR: 3
Posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1782 times:

Am I alone in my perception that bare metal engine nacelles look fabulous? (did I just say fabulous? .. moving on) Sadly it also appears that keeping engine nacelles bare was a more "retro" look of liveries gone by..

What do you think? Did bare engine nacelles look better than their painted counterparts? I wonder if there's additional cost of painting vs. polishing.. perhaps not. One would immediately think that the cost of painting aircraft would be more expensive, but then Southwest seemingly threw a wet blanket on that assumption when they painted "Silver One" to.. save money.

Thoughts?


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User currently offlineHAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2529 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1764 times:

Major portions of current nacelles are made of composites, and therefore wouldn't look that good unpainted.

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User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3387 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1656 times:



Quoting HAL (Reply 1):
Major portions of current nacelles are made of composites, and therefore wouldn't look that good unpainted.

Unfortunately true. However I'll agree with MrSkyGuy, it's hard to beat the look of a freshly polished cowling.

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User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5637 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1513 times:

Quoting Mark McCoy (Reply 4):
Also, here's a photo (best example I could think of) of AirTran's N951LF (A320) which experienced an in-flight separation of the number one engine cowling. Looks like almost the entire nacelle is metal.

I've never touched a V2500, but I suspect the reverser sleeve is composite, like on the CFM's.


User currently offlineAirnerd From United States of America, joined Oct 2007, 250 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1499 times:

Definitely very cool. I spent quite a few hours staring at these examples as a kid...



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